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iFall - a new embedded system for the detection of unexpected falls

 
: Salomon, Ralf; Lüder, Marian; Bieber, Gerald

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Becker, C. ; IEEE Computer Society:
8th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM 2010 : Mannheim, Germany, 29 March - 2 April 2010
Piscataway/NJ: IEEE, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-6605-4
ISBN: 978-1-4244-5328-3
S.286-291
International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom) <8, 2010, Mannheim>
Englisch
Konferenzbeitrag
Fraunhofer IGD ()
embedded system; aid for the handicapped; fall detection; elderly user; sensor network

Abstract
This paper describes a new embedded system, called iFall, for the detection of unexpected falls for elderly people. In combination with a new sensors system and the monitoring of its own rotation, iFall is able to detect a fall in its very beginning. It is thus able to initiate some emergency actions, such as inflating a tiny airbag, in order to alleviate a fall's consequences, primarily potential injuries. In that respect, iFall is unique. It's physical properties, such as size, weight, and energy resources, make it almost invisible, so that it can be worn at any time at any occasion by any person.

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